Luray is helmed by Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriterShannon Carey who creates banjo-inspired indie rock fused with classic country and folk. Their debut album, The Wilder, released August 27th, 2013 was recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her brother/producer Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver).
'The Wilder' creates strange and lovely bedfellows of sound - banjos, vibes, pedal steel, and ambient vocals make up this once bluegrass-picking songwriter's newly roused approach to making music. The end result is somewhere between the likes of Iron & Wine and Emmylou Harris. Inspired by her travels, Luray is named after the Virginia town at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. “I am a wanderer and a traveler by nature. I resonate with certain places and become quickly attached. Luray was like that,”
Luray has been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, Daytrotter, WXPN, and Mountain Stage and has been reviewed by the Washington Post CMT Edge, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and Utne Reader. 'The Wilder', has been an Editors Pick in both Singer-Songwriter and Americana genres on iTunes since it’s release on August 28th, 2013. It was also nominated for best album of the year by NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Luray is based in Richmond, VA: Shannon Carey on banjo, CJ Wolfe on drums and mbira, Scott Burton on electric guitar, and Brian Cruse on bass.